South of Darkness

Publisher details

South of Darkness
Author
John Marsden
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Genre
Historical Fiction
Released
01 November, 2014

Synopsis

Thirteen-year-old Barnaby Fletch is a bag-and-bones orphan in London in the late 1700s.Barnaby lives on his wits and ill-gotten gains, on streets seething with the press of the throng and shadowed by sinister figures. Life is a precarious business.When he hears of a paradise on the other side of the world - a place called Botany Bay - he decides to commit a crime and get himself transported to a new life, a better life.To succeed, he must survive the trials of Newgate Prison, the stinking hull of a prison ship and the unknown terrors of a journey across the world.And Botany Bay is far from the paradise Barnaby has imagined. When his past and present suddenly collide, he is soon fleeing for his life - once again.A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.
John Marsden
About the author

John Marsden

John Marsden grew up in three states of Australia, and now lives in Victoria. John loved school so much that he started his own. Or, he hated school so much that he started his own in 2006 so that other kids wouldn't have to go through the suffering he experienced. Candlebark is in a beautiful forest near Hanging Rock, and is John's proudest achievement.John has published more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Tomorrow Series. Tomorrow When the War Began was made into a highly successful movie in 2010.John is one of Australia's biggest selling and most awarded authors.

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